07-05-2017

the hindu
1.We have doubts on China’s OBOR project: Jaitley.

India has “serious reservations” about China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) plan given that there are issues of “sovereignty” at stake, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday.  read more

2.Namami Gange set for rebranding push.

In the third year of the Narendra Modi government, one of its flagship programmes, the ambitious Namami Gange, is set for a rebranding exercise, and pitches from top advertising agencies invited to giving a public relations push over the next few months. read more

3.India’s coming urban mega crisis.

How many metro cities are there in India? If you said four, you are more than a decade out of date. The four ‘traditional’ metros – Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata – were actually categorised as metro cities back in 1965 by the expenditure department of the Finance Ministry for the purpose of calculating house rent allowance for government employees.  read more

4.Time for a national policy on thalassaemia.

Unlike most of her peers, Namitha A. Kumar, a PhD holder from a reputed research institute in India, considers herself incredibly lucky to be alive. She suffers from thalassaemia, a rare genetic blood disorder, and lives in a country that currently has no national plan for people like her.  read more

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1. Govt's clean city survey needs relook, says CSE

The Centre’s process of selecting clean cities needed to be changed, a green body said on Saturday , claiming that the three toppers in its latest cleanliness survey had adopted environmentally “unsustainable“ waste management practices.   read more

2. Why Aadhaar cannot be seen as a human rights issue.

Just as it is rewarding to track the policies and politics of a government, it is equally instructive to monitor the movements of those opposed to it.  read more

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1.China’s take-over of the South China Sea is complete;a summit next week clinches its strategic gains.

A week from today “the biggest diplomatic event of the year” will take place in China with many heads of government in attendance (not India’s).  read more

2.NITI Aayog action agenda:All agenda little action.

Capital markets watchdog Sebi’s move to delist nearly 4,200 inactive firms underscores the urgent need for a spring cleaning exercise in the Indian equities market. read more

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